David Huddleston, A.K.A ‘The Big Lebowski’, dies aged 85
Veteran actor David Huddleston, best known for his titular role in The Big Lebowski, has died aged 85.
His unforgettable performance as the cranky millionaire in the 1998 Coen brothers cult classic was just one of over a hundred screen credits to Huddleston’s career, which took off in the 1960s with the Dionne Warwick-starring Slaves.
Huddleston – who is also well known for his roles in Santa Claus: The Movie, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, The West Wing, The Wonder Years, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Ironside – died of advanced heart and kidney disease in New Mexico on Tuesday.
“It was a great privilege to work with David Huddleston on Blazing Saddles,” Brooks said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “His performance was sublime. He helped make all those Johnsons of Rock Ridge immortal. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.”
“Things were not important to him – people were,” Sarah Koeppe, his wife and partner of 32 years, told the Los Angeles Times. “He loved entertaining and would rather sit down and talk with someone over dinner.”
“He’d always make you laugh,” Koeppe told the Santa Fe New Mexican, saying her late husband had been “so amazed as he looked back at what happened in his life”.
Besides Koeppe, Huddleston is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law, and a recently adopted dog named Dooley. May he rest in peace.